Thomas Jordan, Sr. (c.1600 - c.1644) MP

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Birthplace: perhaps, Wiltshire, England
Death: Died in Virginia
Occupation: tobacco farmer
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About Thomas Jordan, Sr.

Thomas Jordan was born in England in 1600 and came to America on the ship Diana in 1623. In 1624-5 he headed the list of the governor's men at James City, which indicates that he was a soldier in Governor Yeardley's Guard. He settled in the present Isle of Wight County and in 1635, he received a grant of 900 acres. He was a Commissioner of Wariscoyack and a Burgess in the Virginia Assembly in 1604.

  • Parents: unknown as of 2012. See notes.

Thomas's wife, previously believed to be Lucy Corker, is unknown. and they had moved to Nansemond County by 1637. Thomas died before 1644, but the date of his wife's death is also unknown. Their children were Thomas; a daughter who married Thomas Davis; and a son (probably) Richard.

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Thomas Jordan was born 1600 in England and died in 1644 in the Virginia Colony.

Parents: Samuel Jordan (1578-1623) and his first wife, whose name is not known. She died before 1609.

Married:

  1. Lucy Corker. Lucy was born about 1605 in Jamestown VA the daughter of William Corker and Lucy (White) Corker.

Children of Thomas Jordan and Lucy Corker:

  1. Richard Jordan Sr. (1624-1687), born 1624, died 3 May 1687, married Elizabeth (Reynolds) Jordan in 1654.
  2. Thomas Jordan II (1634-1699) born 1634, died 8 Oct 1699, married Margaret (Brashere) Jordan (1642-1708) in 1659, lived in Chuckatuck, Nansemond County, VA, and had 10 sons and 2 daughters.
  3. Margaret (Jordan) Davis (1643-1688), married James Thomas Davis.
  4. Matthew Jordan, married Susannah (Bresy) Jordan.
  5. Joseph Jordan moved to North Carolina. He married someone whose maiden name was Akehurst.

Notes

Thomas Jordan immigrated to the Virginia Colony aboard the Diana in 1620. In 1623 he was reported as living in James City. He is listed in the census of 1624 and again in 1625 where his name headed the list of a dozen of the Governor Sir George Yardley's men. Being in this list indicated that Thomas was one of the Governor's Guards, a position of honor and respect.

In 1624, he took up a land grant due to his father but never used. In 1624-1625 he was living in Pashebaighty (or Pasbyhayes or Pasbehays or Pasbehaighs in "The Maine", James Cittie.

He "followed the Puritan trek to Nansemond"--which may or may not indicate he followed the Puritan religious faith. He was the first of his family in or near the town of Isle of Wight, Warresquioake County, VA.

He was a member of the House of Burgesses from 1628 until 1632. During this same period he was also made a Commissioner of Warresquioake (or Wariscoyack) County (the two titles may have gone hand in hand). By 1637, Warresquioake County became a part of Isle of Wight County.

In 1632 he personally paid for the transport of 18 new colonists to Virginia. On 2 Jul 1635 he was rewarded by a land grant of 900 acres near Isle of Wight in Warresquioake County. In the same year he also acquired an additional 200 acres from a Benjamine Harrison. By 1637 Thomas had "taken up his abode in the Upper County of New Norfolk (Nansemond)". A patent issued to one Thomas Davis on 10 Aug 1644 for 300 acres in Nasemond County notes that it ajoined the "land of Thomas Jordan dec'd". This Thomas Davis was the father of James Thomas Davis who married Thomas' daughter, Margaret (Jordan) Davis (1643-1688).

Old Notes

Thomas was born in England in 1600. He died in 1644. He came to America on the ship Diana in 1623. In 1624-5 he headed the list of the governor's men at James City. He settled in the present Isle of Wight County and in 1635, received a grant of 900 acres. He was a Commissioner of Wariscoyack and a Burgess in the Virginia Assembly in 1604. He married Lucy Corker and moved to Nansemond County by 1637. Their children were Thomas; a daughter who married Thomas Davis; and a son (probably) Richard, who married Elizabeth Reynolds.

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Sailed to America on the ship "Diane" or "Diana"

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Sailed to America on the ship "Diane" or "Diana"

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THOMAS JORDAN

1600 -

Thomas Jordan, born in 1600, the son of Samuel by his first marriage in Dorsetshire, came to Virginia in 1618 in the ship Diana. He was a soldier in the service of General Yardley.

In the Census of 1624, he is shown as living in "the Maine" on his father's land patent, at Pasbyhayes. His land grant of 1624 was for land that the Virginia Company had given his father, Samuel, but the father had never taken out the patent on the tract. Thomas Jordan was a Member of the Houses of Burgesses from Warrosquoyacke (Isle of Wight County) in 1629, 1631, and 1632. He was Commissioner in 1627.

In 1635 he was granted 900 acres known as the "Great Indian Field Neck" near the head of Warroquoiacke River, beginning at the western side of an old Indian town. This was near the head of Pagan River. He was granted this land by Governor West for transporting 18 persons. One branch of the Jordan family still possessed this grant until 1840.

Thomas Jordan married Lucy Corker, daughter of Captain Corker, and had at least three children: Thomas, Jr., Richard and Phillis.

Thomas Jordan followed the Puritan trek to Nansemond as he patented land there soon after receiving his Isle of Wight grant. Thomas Jordan died in 1688 in Surrey County. His will includes, "a pair of very old Virginals and a bass viol."

The son of Thomas and Lucy (Corker) Jordan, Thomas Jordan, Jr. who was born in 1634. He married Margaret Brashare (Brasseur) in 1660. She was the daughter of Robert Brashare and the sister of Mary Brashare who married Thomas Cocke, Cicely Reynolds Baley Jordan Farrar's grandson.

Margaret Brashare was one of the first known converts to Quakerism in the Virginia colony. She was born in 1642. She became a Quakeress when she was sixteen in the year 1658. Soon after her marriage in 1660, her husband, Thomas, also converted to the faith: "in ye yeare 1660 hee received ye truth and Abode faithful in it."

Hinshaw's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN QUAKER GENEALOGY notes, "Thomas Jordan was probably the most influential Quaker in lower Virginia being a man of position and substance."

In 1661, he was held, as he writes, "in six weeks imprisonment for being taken at a meeting at my own house and released by the King's proclamation." The latter royal intervention speaks of the influence of the Jordan family in both Virginia and in England.

In the same year, Thomas Jordan also "suffered" the following abuses for his Quaker beliefs: ". . . for being taken at a meeting at Robert Lawrence's and bound over to the court of Nansemond for refusing to swear according to their wills and against the commands of Christ, was sent up to Jamestown a prisoner for upwards of ten months. Presently John Blake took away my three servants and left my wife in a distressed condition with a young child at her breast . . . which servant was kept nine weeks and released by order of the Governor. There was taken by John Blake, sheriff of Nansemond, two feather beds, two feather bolsters, and furniture which together with other goods amounted to 3,907 lbs. tobacco and also a serving man who had three years to serve. There was taken by Thomas Godwin, sheriff, ten head of cattle amounting to 5,507 lbs." This testimonial was signed, "Thomas Jordan, Chuckatuck, 1st month, 1661."

In 1666, Thomas Jordan [II] was deeded 550 acres in Nansemond County. The Norfleet family owned land adjacent to them. Thomas and Margaret Jordan had ten sons, as follows:

1.  Thomas [III], born 1/6/1660 married Elizabeth Burgh.
2.  John, born 6/17/1663 married Margaret Burgh.
3.  James, born 11/23/1665 married Elizabeth Ratcliff.
4.  Robert, born 7/11/1668 married Mary Belson.
5.  Richard, born 6/6/1670 married Rebecca Ratcliff.
6.  Joseph, born 7/8/1672 married Ann ___.
7.  Benjamin, born 7/18/1674 married ?.
8.  Matthew, born 11/1/1676 married Dorothy Bufkin (widow).
9.  Samuel, born 2/15/1679 married Elizabeth Fleming.

10. Joshua, born 6/1681 married ?.

Thomas Jordan "departed this life the eighth day of the tenth month of the sixth day of the week about the second hour of the afternoon and was buried the 12th day of the said month on the third day of the week of the year 1699." As his memorial notes, in part, " . . . he stood in opposition against the wrong and deceitful spirits, having suffered the spoiling of his goods and the imprisonment of his body for . . ."

-------------------- Was born in 1600 and was living in Virginia in 1624; burgess for Warrosqueake, Isle of Wight, 1629, 1631, and September, 1632, and a commissioner in 1629. His descendants have been numerous in Isle of Wight county. Richard Jordan, a burgess for Isle of Wight in 1676 was probably a son.

Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Volume I

IV--Burgesses and Other Prominent Persons

He arrived in Jamestowne, Virginia on the ship Diana in 1623/24.

Thomas received a Patent for 900 acres in 1635 near the head of the Warrasquioake River. His wife is not known.

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-------------------- He was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses from Warrosquoiacke, Isle of Wight 1629-1632. In a census of 1624/25 he was listed as being 24 years of age and came over on the "Diana". He was stationed at Pasbyhayes and was "one of Governor Yardley's men". He received a grant of 900 acres in Isle of Wight, "near the head of Pagan River on the Western side of an old Indian town". He was also a commissioner (Magistrate) in 1627. -------------------- Thomas Jordan (1600-1644) + Lucy (Corker) Jordan (born 1605)

Thomas Jordan (1600-1644) was the second son of Silas Samuel Jordan (1578-1623) by his first wife in England. Thomas was born in 1600 in England and immigrated to the Virginia Colony aboard the Diana in 1620. In 1623 he was reported as living in James City. He is listed in the census of 1624 and again in 1625 where his name headed the list of a dozen of the Governor Sir George Yardley’s men. Being in this list indicated that Thomas was one of the Governor’s Guards, a position of honor and respect. In 1624, he took up a land grant due to his father but never used. In 1624-1625 he was living in Pashebaighty (or Pasbyhayes or Pasbehays or Pasbehaighs) in "The Maine", James Cittie.

 

He "followed the Puritan trek to Nansemond"--which may or may not indicate he followed the Puritan religious faith. He was the first of his family in or near the town of Isle of Wight, Warresquioake County, VA. He was a member of the House of Burgesses from 1628 until 1632. During this same period he was also made a Commissioner of Warresquioake (or Wariscoyack) County (the two titles may have gone hand in hand). By 1637, Warresquioake County became a part of Isle of Wight County.

 

In 1632 he personally paid for the transport of 18 new colonists to Virginia. On 2 Jul 1635 he was rewarded by a land grant of 900 acres near Isle of Wight in Warresquioake County. In the same year he also acquired an additional 200 acres from a Benjamine Harrison. By 1637 Thomas had "taken up his abode in the Upper County of New Norfolk (Nansemond)". A patent issued to one Thomas Davis on 10 Aug 1644 for 300 acres in Nasemond County notes that it ajoined the "land of Thomas Jordan dec'd". This Thomas Davis was the father of James Thomas Davis who married Thomas' daughter, Margaret (Jordan) Davis (1643-1688).

 

Thomas Jordan (1600-1644) married Lucy (Corker) Jordan (born 1605). Lucy was born about 1605 in Jamestown VA the daughter of William Corker and Lucy (White) Corker. Their children were:

1.            Richard Jordan Sr. (1624-1687), born 1624, died 3 May 1687, married Elizabeth (Reynolds) Jordan in 1654. 
2.            Thomas Jordan II (1634-1699) born 1634, died 8 Oct 1699, married Margaret (Brashere) Jordan (1642-1708) in 1659, lived in Chuckatuck, Nansemond County, VA, and had 10 sons and 2 daughters. 
3.            Margaret (Jordan) Davis (1643-1688), married James Thomas Davis. 
4.            Matthew Jordan, married Susannah (Bresy) Jordan. 
5.            Joseph Jordan moved to North Carolina. He married someone whose maiden name was Akehurst. 
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Wiltshire, England
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August 10, 1644
Age 44
Virginia
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